- (of a name, noun, or adjective) designating a particular person or thing and written in English with an initial capital letter, as Joan, Chicago, Monday, American.
- having the force or function of a proper name: a proper adjective.
- excellent; capital; fine.
- good-looking or handsome.
Origin of proper
Synonyms for proper
Related Words for propergood, useful, decent, fitting, appropriate, legitimate, convenient, precise, respectable, moral, correct, polite, accurate, usual, exact, formal, specific, special, able, applicable
Examples from the Web for proper
Contemporary Examples of proper
We need to recover and grow the idea that the proper answer to bad speech is more and better speech.How the PC Police Threaten Free Speech
January 9, 2015
He could deliver a quick, effective speech, or hold a proper press conference.Obama’s Pot Policy Is Refer Madness
January 5, 2015
But those incidents are due to mistakes and leaks, not proper fracking procedures.New York’s Conservative Fracking Ban
December 20, 2014
A portrait of him was done once in which the collar point was made to sit in its proper place.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Proper use could lead to weight loss and reduction in gastric reflux.Nothing Says I Love You Like Data
The Daily Beast
December 8, 2014
Historical Examples of proper
Many such instances might be adduced if this were the proper occasion.
And why may I not think that I am now put upon a proper exercise of it?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
She only felt that to feel it was the beautiful and proper thing.
He ought to get her a proper servant and a man for the garden and the bath chair.
HALL is a landsman, and therefore the proper man to send in search of land.
Word Origin for proper
c.1300, "adapted to some purpose, fit, apt; commendable, excellent" (sometimes ironic), from Old French propre "own, particular; exact, neat, fitting, appropriate" (11c.), from Latin proprius "one's own, particular to itself," from pro privo "for the individual, in particular," from ablative of privus "one's own, individual" (see private (adj.)) + pro "for" (see pro-). Related: Properly.
From early 14c. as "belonging or pertaining to oneself; individual; intrinsic;" from mid-14c. as "pertaining to a person or thing in particular, special, specific; distinctive, characteristic;" also "what is by the rules, correct, appropriate, acceptable." From early 15c. as "separate, distinct; itself." Meaning "socially appropriate, decent, respectable" is first recorded 1704. Proper name "name belonging to or relating to the person or thing in question," is from late 13c., a sense also preserved in astronomical proper motion (c.1300). Proper noun is from c.1500.